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March 17, 2023

Graveside services for Jerry Brownrigg were 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2023, at the Alva Municipal Cemetery with Rev. Ron Pingelton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.

Jerry Roy Brownrigg, son of William Neila and Hazel May (De Water) Brownrigg, was born September 1, 1930, at Buffalo, Oklahoma, and continued to call it his home for years to come. He passed away March 7, 2023, at Alva, at the age of 92 years, 6 months, and 6 days.

He was raised by his mother and father and 4 siblings in Buffalo, Oklahoma, and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1949. He went on to attend college at Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma, and transferred back to NWOSU in Alva, where he graduated in 1952. Jerry continued his education and obtained his Master's Degree at the University of Oklahoma.

On May 13, 1955, Jerry married his sweetheart, Donna Belle Culp, in Bucklin, Kansas. He later earned his Doctorate Degree in Industrial Art Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Together, he and Donna raised their two children, Sheri and Terry, in Alva, where he taught Industrial Education at NWOSU for 42 years. He loved teaching and being a part of the college atmosphere.

Jerry had many interests and hobbies growing up and started boxing while in high school in the late 40's and early 50's. He won the Oklahoma State Championship four times, claiming titles in 1949, 1950, 1952, and 1953. He reached the National Golden Gloves of Champions in Chicago, Illinois, 7 times, making it to the finals twice, semi-finals once and placed eighth. Jerry was a member of the Oklahoma Golden Gloves team that won the National Championship. Jerry was also a proud member of the Oklahoma Boxing Hall of Fame and was inducted into the NWOSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Woodturning was Jerry's passion. He loved to take a raw piece of wood and turn it into a work of art. He and Donna enjoyed traveling to various art festivals, taking his bowls to sell and display. Many of his bowls are scattered throughout Oklahoma. Woodturning may have been his passion but running was his love. Jerry was running before running was cool. In fact, he would run in street shoes because running shoes did not yet exist. Anyone who knew Jerry, knew you could probably find him running on a country road with his 2 beloved bird dogs around noon every single day.

Besides his parents, William and Hazel, he was preceded in death by his three brothers, Jack Brownrigg, Junior Brownrigg, and Don Brownrigg; and his sister, Norma Jean Krogdahl.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife Donna of 67 years; his daughter, Sheri Brownrigg of Oklahoma City; his son, Terry Brownrigg and wife, Debbie, of Oklahoma City; two grandsons, Bray Brownrigg and wife, Lauren, and their two sons, Braxton and Bowen, of Oklahoma City, and his grandson, Coby Brownrigg and wife, Addison, and their daughter, Bond, of Oklahoma City; other relatives and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the NWOSU Foundation.

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